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Why We All Should Be Watching Chasing Destiny

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Two Words: Chasing Destiny.

It’s like watching human flowers recognize the richness of their petals and flourish under the nourishment of their wise and gifted mentors.

And with every belt of a heartfelt note and every blend of a ballad, we’re there with eyes fixated on the beautiful sight of humans blossoming and unearthing the treasures they were gifted to give to the world.

Teary-eyed and in awe, watching this show truly makes you sit back and ponder your own purpose.

Oh, you didn’t know I was referring to the docuseries produced by Kelly Rowland and starring the former and choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr.?

Well, if you didn’t know, you better ask somebody! No, but really, why isn’t their more talk about this show?

It’s so refreshing. So inspiring. So authentic. And get this: it’s all without the catty drama.

Kelly, a Grammy Award-winning solo artist and a former member of Destiny’s Child, really displays herself in a way we’ve haven’t been exposed to before. Her boldness, genuine spirit and business acumen and shine play a significant role in the show, which she created to fill the void in the girl group market.

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We need to be talking about this show. We need to be producing more of these shows. We need to be watching this show. It’s essential to our culture and important for our communities.

There are so many awesome reasons why, but here’s a highlight of a few of the ways in which Chasing Destiny is worthy of our attention:

Kelly and Frank are serious about women empowerment

Since day one, Kelly and Frank have not let one compliment sit on their tongues for too long. They are constantly calling the young women they encounter, queens and Nubian princesses, as well as reminding them of their worth and beauty. And it’s not the cheesy kind of flattery that you get from a mother or father, it’s the kind that simply recognizes a twinkle and doesn’t hesitate to call it a star.

In fact, Kelly and Frank are so passionate about empowering young women that they are even selective about the team of people they choose to bring around the girls to help with their development. A great example is in episode five when Kelly brought the girls around LA vocal coach, Stevie Mackey, who sincerely told the girls after coaching them,

“[Whether you are] In the group or not, I’m just thankful to be here and to be sitting here in the presence of you beautiful queens, you talented beautiful women, you’re everything. You’re everything.”

Real tears!!!

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Kelly emphasizes authenticity and the importance of being true to yourself:

One of the first notable quotes from Kelly that echoes throughout the promotion of Chasing Destiny is when she tells viewers,I don’t want reality stars. I want stars.” Ms. Rowland was not kidding, OK? Throughout the show Kelly stresses the importance of being authentic to who you are and the significance of how that will naturally draw people to you, hence making you a “star” of your own accord and not the perception of what a star should be.

This theory is consistently proven to be true throughout the series, as the girls who Kelly and Frank were initially attracted to for their “authenticity to self” –such as Ash Edwards, Gabby and Jennifer, were the same girls pointed out as “special” or “different” by colleagues of Frank and Kelly who were total strangers to the girls.

Kelly teaches us the importance of work-life balance and shows women they can be a boss and a great mother at the same time

Let’s just hear it one time for Kelly’s business savvy though. I mean really, you’ll feel the need to take so many mental notes while watching her conduct her business. She stays true to who she is and what she believes in, while at the same time knowing when to separate her personal feelings from her business decisions.

She’s also sure to include Titan in her lifestyle (he makes a guest appearance, so adorable!) and emphasizes the importance of doing so. In one of the episodes, she even leaves Frank with the girls to go back to her hometown to visit relatives and old friends that helped her get where she is today. Kelly shares that doing such things is important to keep you humbled and to never forget where you came from.

Kelly teaches us that we are human first and that it’s OK to be human.

A lot of the times when we watch reality television, especially one that revolves around a competition, it is indicated at one point or another that when presented with an opportunity of a lifetime, no matter what’s going on back home, your real life takes a back seat. It indirectly points out that your mental health also takes a backseat to the business.

But Kelly recognizes the delicacy of this and shows us her human side so many times throughout the show. For example, early on in the series, Kelly was supposed to cut a particular girl because her voice kept going flat in every group she was put in. When tragedy struck the day this cut was supposed to happen, Kelly decided to give her another day or so out of respect for what was going on. Kelly also has a number of one-on-ones with the girls whenever heartbreak or frustration ensues.

Can we just have a moment of applause for Kelly Rowland, please? And after doing that, you should tune in! Let’s support the positive messages being spread on our television screens whenever we can.

 

Chasing Destiny airs Tuesday nights on BET at 9:00 PM.

Tamara Shanice is an actress, writer, lyricist and fashionable hustler who takes pride in entertaining and educating through her art. She's a wandering spirit who loves to travel the world and marvel at the works of God's paintbrush.

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Drake Releases Most Important Project of His Career

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Today Drake released the visual for his song, “God’s Plan”. In this video, it showcases Drake giving back to communities, schools & even families in more ways than one. Whether it was signing checks for scholarships, paying for grocery bills or just handing stacks of cash to families, the 6 God decided to use the million dollar budget given for the video to instead, give it all away. 

It’s empowering to see celebrities use their platforms for good and to give back to those in need.

Drake, in case no one has told you yet – you’re doing amazing sweetie.

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LaRoyce Hawkins #BEPOWERFUL Movement + LET’S GRO Series

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Before LaRoyce Hawkins took over the stage in Punchline Philly, he sat down with us to talk about his #BEPOWERFUL & Let’s Gro movement.

An initiative that originally started with powerful letters his grandfather used to send him while he was a college student. Each letter his grandfather wrote, the message of being a resilient leader was the main takeaway. Years later, these letters were used as an inspiration to start the #BEPOWERFUL movement.

When Hawkin’s isn’t on set filming for his hit show, Chicago PD or on tour for his popular Let’s Gro series, he is going out into the communities in order to pay it forward.

“I’m just here to be a vessel, I’m here to be an instrument”

Check out our full interview below!

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Darius Coleman Talks Sundown, Importance of Family + Rules to Success

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Before Darius Coleman takes over the music industry, he sat down with our team to give viewers a little inside scoop on who exactly is Darius Coleman.

Darius Coleman is a man who loves music, loves fashion and most importantly, loves his family.

“The biggest inspiration for why I do what I do, is because of my family”

He’s always had a deep sense of admiration for his family and admired their strong work ethic he witnessed growing up. The sense of gratitude he has towards each of them is a driving force as to why he’s so passionate about succeeding in his career. It’s his way of giving back and providing for them.

Darius just recently released his first single, “Sundown” which was written during a life-changing trip to LA. Soon after the release of Sundown, with little to no budget, he filmed his very first music video for the single. Even though he was pretty much just working with a dollar and a dream, he promises that the visuals will be like none other you’ve ever seen before.

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A committed individual he is and because of his relentlessness paired with his burning desire to succeed, it is without a doubt that he will become extremely successful in his career – while also remaining well grounded. This is all just the beginning for Darius Coleman, and we here at Delilah & Company are proud to support and witness him take over the ears and hearts of everyone.

 

Check out our full interview here:

 

You can follow Darius’s journey through his socials below:

Instagram: @dariuscolemanmusic

Twitter: @dariuscoleman_

 

Sundown is available on all major music platforms. Listen to it today!

Sooooo excited to share #SunDown is now out officially on all major music platforms including @spotify! Listen Now! #DcTakeOver

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